Family Health: Americans Having Fewer Children Says Report


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Americans are having fewer children says a new report.

The National Center for Health Statistics report says the number of births was so low in 2017 that it wasn’t enough to keep the population levels steady.

The study finds that overall, the total fertility rate for the U.S. is 16-percent below what is considered the level needed for the population to replace itself.

According to researchers, the only states that are keeping up with the population are South Dakota and Utah.

A new education initiative could be heading to four public Pulaski County school districts.

The Little Rock Regional Chamber is partnering with the school districts of Jacksonville North Pulaski, Little Rock, North Little Rock, and the Pulaski County Special School District to launch a study into a Ford Next Generation program on how to improve high school education outcomes.

LRSD Superintendent Mike Poore says how the districts approach healthcare education will be a main priority.

“Isn’t it possible and shouldn’t it be a target that every single one of our high schools has a medical career academy because we have that need within our community?…and think of what that would do for opportunities for our students to be post secondary ready.”

The study will be funded by an investment for local businesses through the Little Rock Regional Chamber.

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